Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Day

 Today will be a simple day for me and my family. At the moment I am nursing a sore throat, sitting by a fire in the fireplace and sipping coffee with raw honey.

Our daughter will not be here, she and her boyfriend have to go back to work and time is limited. So, they will spend the day with Keith's family. My husband, son, and I will head out later this morning to cut down a fresh Christmas tree. I have already made an apple/pear/cranberry/blueberry/raspberry pie and a pumpkin pie. The onion and celery and fresh sage are ready for the stuffing. I made the cranberry relish and baked the sweet potatoes. So after we get the tree all we have to do is put the turkey in and make mashed potatoes, and dinner is ready. Later tonight we'll decorate the tree. Mostly we'll just enjoy the day.

A couple of quotes and a prayer for this Thanksgiving Day. Where ever you are may your heart be filled with gratitude and peace.

Johannes A. Gaertner
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

Cynthia Ozick
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

Melody Beattie
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Litany of Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.
For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea.
We thank you, Lord.
For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ,
We thank you, Lord.
For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends,
We thank you, Lord.
For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve,
We thank you, Lord.
For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play,
We thank you, Lord.
For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity,
We thank you, Lord.
For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice,
We thank you, Lord.
For the communion of saints, in all times and places,
We thank you, Lord.
Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord;
To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the  Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, Pg. 836

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